Alabama: The Lurleen Gambit

Even George Wallace's best friends tried to persuade him last week that the Lurleen gambit would backfire. Lurleen is Wallace's wife, and the Governor's latest scheme to beat the state constitution's provision that he cannot succeed himself is to run Lurleen instead. "If sanity overcomes, and Wallace leaves Mrs. Wallace free to be a mother and a housekeeper," counseled the Montgomery Advertiser, Wallace's most faithful journalistic supporter, George could take a profitable sabbatical from public office and return to power later.

Wallace calculates nonetheless that he needs the statehouse as a power base from which to launch a third-party presidential...

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